Found November 07, 2011 on The Penalty Flag:
After a much-improved season in 2010, and a competitive first six games of this season, Oakland Raiders fans are asking themselves how it appears to have slipped away so quickly. Back to back losses to AFC West rivals have left the Raiders and their fans wondering if the loss of Jason Campbell could spell doom for a promising season, and possibly bright future. Raiders fans have heard (and felt) this since 2002, but they have not experienced a winning season, and in seven of those seasons did not win more than five games. The 2010 season, which yielded two wins against all three AFC West opponents, ended with an 8-8 record. Obviously this was marked improvement, but appeared to be only the beginning for a young and talented Raiders squad. The 2011 season kicked off with the Raiders’ eighth consecutive win over a division foe in beating the Denver Broncos in the Mile High City. Couple that with two wins over possible playoff teams in the New York Jets and Houston Texans, and the Raiders organization was buzzing with excitement. Then, the dreaded starting quarterback injury happened in a home game against the Cleveland Browns. Quarterback Jason Campbell, while reaching [...]

Darrius Heyward-Bey gets benched

The Raiders leading receiver through the first seven weeks of the season was mysteriously not in the starting lineup on Sunday. Darrius Heyward-Bey had been the starter every week leading up to the bye week and was finally playing like he deserved to be the number one receiver as evidenced by his team leading 27 catches for 434 yards. But something happened in the last two weeks...

Palmer throws 3 INTs, Raiders lose to Denver 38-24

Carson Palmer spent extra time during the bye week at Oakland Raiders headquarters and even took new receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh home with him one night for a study session. It wasn't enough. Palmer threw three interceptions for the second straight game and the Oakland Raiders lost 38-24 to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, leaving the new franchise quarterback searching for answers...

As Patriots await, Ryan is stunned he has to defend 'D'

After Raiders running back Darren McFadden had run through the Jets’ defense in that miserable game at Oakland that kicked-started a run of three straight road losses, Rex Ryan looked like he had been sucker-punched.

Just Balance, Baby!

Every year around this time something happens in the NFL, but not usually in Oakland. Al Davis had a grip on the Raiders for decades so it hadn’t quite taken root until now. The influence of the Head Coach begins to percolate through the team’s play and demeanor. Hue Jackson is making the Raiders an image of himself. Jackson is [...]

Raiders open as underdog vs Chargers

Nov 10, 8:20 PM | Grass of Qualcomm Stadium Oakland Raiders vs San Diego Chargers Odds 4-4TEAM RECORD4-4 Thursday night football returns with an AFC West clash where many of the betting trends seem to favor the Oakland Raiders at San Diego. Both teams come off losses and the Raiders are 0-2 since the Carson palmer trade, but they are 5-1 ATS past 6 games as an underdog...

Broncos' offensive front won battles to make option work

NFL reporter Jeff Legwold analyzes the Broncos' 38-24 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday and looks ahead.
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